Music Distribution

Music distribution

Terminology & Definitions

What is a track or song?

A Track or Song is considered one music file that is less than 100MB.

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What is an album?

An album consists of as many tracks or songs as you would like so long it is within the number of tracks you can distribute under your current Artist Takeoff subscription plan.

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What is a product?

A Product is a single or album that is being prepared for release or is already released.

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What is a release?

A release is a single or album you are preparing to or have already distributed to a streaming service outlet.

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What is an artist?

An artist is the name under which you will release your music.

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What is/are participants?

Participants are anyone who contributed to the track that you are releasing. You can dictate the revenue splits between all participants as well.

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What is an outlet?

An outlet is a download or streaming service such as Spotify, Amazon, Tidal, etc.

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Pricing

How much does it cost to distribute my music?

Artist Takeoff's music distribution service offers three options to distribute your music. Single   $9 one-time fee One track EP $17 one-time fee 2-6 tracks Album $27 one-time fee 7-20 tracks

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How much of my sales do I keep?

100% of all streaming and download revenue is retained by the artist.

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What happens if I do not renew my purchased distribution option at the end of one year period?

Your music will be removed from all outlets but will remain in your Artist Takeoff account, so you could redistribute again at a later date.

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What happens if I purchase a service but do not distribute within one year?

Your purchase is valid for one year starting from the initial date of distribution.

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Can I give away my music for free?

Yes! Artist Takeoff has a free forever plan that allows you to upload your first two singles for free. The artist will also retain 100% of their royalties.

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Distribution (Functionality)

How do I create a new release?

From your Artist Takeoff Dashboard, use the left navigation menu and click on Catalog. From there, you can select Add Music to begin the process of creating your new release.

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What is considered an album?

2 tracks or more is considered an album.

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What are your audio format requirements?

Format: AIF, AIFF, FLAC, MP3 or WAV, 16Bit, 44.1Khz, Stereo Size: Minimum 1Mb, Maximum 100Mb Per Track Tip: For best quality FLAC, 16Bit, 44.1Kh. is recommended

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What is your artwork (cover image) requirements?

JPG, PNG, or GIF Size: Minimum 1Mb, Maximum 10Mb Per Image Tip: For best quality JPG, 4000x4000 pixel is recommended

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What's the maximum file size for audio files?

100mb per track.

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Do I need to embed metadata into my tracks before I upload?

No, you can add track details during the uploading process!

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What does "explicit" mean?

Some artists use profanity in their music. This is a situation where music should be labeled as explicit.

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How do I remove a single and/or album from outlets?

To remove a single or album, go to your products, and select the single or album you want to takedown. From here, select Action, and then takedown.

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What is an EAN or UPC and how can I find it for my release?

EAN stands for "European Article Number", UPC stands for "Universal Product Code." Both serve the same purpose; both are unique numbers that represents your product (single or albums) and sets it apart from every other product. You can use either...

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What are ISRC codes?

ISRC stands for "International Standard Recording Code" It is a unique number that represents your track and sets it apart from every other track. We are providing those for free and auto insert them. However, if you want to use your own you can.

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Do you provide EAN, UPC, ISRC codes?

Yes, and they are free.

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I already have a EAN, UPC or ISRC code, can I use them?

Yes, you can enter them in the corresponding fields.

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How do I remove a track from one of my released albums?

From the Artist Takeoff Dashboard, navigate to your Catalog via the left navigation area and click on Products. Select the edit function at the bottom of the product you wish to remove a track from. Go to the TRACK(S ) section, remove the...

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Can I pick my release date?

Yes, you will be able to select a release date at the final step of the distribution process.

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Can I specify that some tracks are available as an album only?

Yes, this option is available during the distribution process, while entering the TRACK DETAILS .

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Can I change a single(s) and/or album(s) once it' uploaded or released?

Yes, from the Artist Takeoff dashboard, navigate to your catalog via the left navigation area and click on products. Select the edit function at the bottom of the product you wish to make changes to. Once done select save if the product has not...

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Can I add tracks to an existing album?

Yes, from the Artist Takeoff dashboard, navigate to your catalog via the left navigation area, and click on products. Select the edit function at the bottom of the product you wish to add a track(s). Go to the track(s) section, add the track(s),...

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How do I change my artist/band name?

From the Artist Takeoff dashboard, navigate to your catalog via the left navigation area and click on products. Select the edit function at the bottom of the product you wish to change the artist/band name for. In the product details section, you...

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Can I re-distribute my music after it has been taken down from the outlet(s)?

Yes, select single and/or album, click distribute, and take it from there. You would need to initiate a new upload of the same single and/or album.

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Can I distribute music videos?

No, this is not currently offered as a service.

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Can I use your service to sell ringtones?

No, this is not currently offered as a service.

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Can I upload a podcast?

No, this is not currently offered as a service.

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Do you distribute audio books to stores?

No, this is not currently offered as a service.

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Can I upload a digital booklet with my release?

No, this is not currently offered as part of this service.

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How do I switch distributors and keep my streams?

KEEP YOUR ISRC CODES - this is how streaming platforms identify and track your music and the streaming activity on it. Once you have copied the codes, you then remove the songs from your current distributor. Once the songs are down you will no...

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Distribution(Outlets)

In what countries will my music be available?

There are many outlets worldwide that your music will be distributed to.

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How long does it take for my singles and/ or album to be available in outlets?

It is difficult to predict as it varies from outlet to outlet.

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If I specify a custom release date, when will my single and/or album appear in outlets?

It is difficult to predict as it varies from outlet to outlet.

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Can I pre-release my music before its release date?

Yes, but this option is only available for a few outlets.

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I am switching from a different distribution company to you. What's the process?

Either remove whatever you distributed via others, and distribute those again via Artist Takeoff, or do not remove those, and add new music via Artist Takeoff.

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Can I add previously uploaded music to new stores you recently added?

Yes, either manually or it will be done for you (automated), based on which option you selected as you were uploading initially.

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How can I obtain the links to my music?

Please go to the various outlets, search for your music, and obtain the links.

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What stores do you distribute to?

Here's a list of all the stores and outlets we distribute to: Alibaba Xiami Amazon Prime Music Anghami Apple Music Apple Shazam Audible Magic AudioMack AWA Deezer Facebook Gaana iHeartRadio Jaxsta JioSaavn KKBOX MixCloud MusicJet Napster NetEase...

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Reporting & Payouts

How and when do I get paid?

Paypal is the vendor we use. You can get paid whenever you choose to.

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How can I check how much I earned with my music?

Simply go to the dashboard or analytics section to view all of your earnings.

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Where do I enter my paypal information for getting paid?

Go to your payment section and log in to your select participants, from here you can enter PayPal account details.

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Does paypal charge a fee when I withdraw my earnings?

Yes. For details please check their website.

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I know that my track(s) and/or album(s) were purchased more than reflected in my sales reports.

Please give it a few days and check again. Some stores have up to a week delay for reporting.

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Is there a minimum payout threshold?

Yes, the minimum payout threshold is $10 USD.

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When I delete remove single(s) and/or album(s), do I still get my royalties?

Yes, provided your subscription is still active.

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Do you automatically pay out mechanical royalties to rights/collection societies?

That is between the various outlets and the various collection societies. Artist Takeoff pays out 100% of what is paid to us.

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Other

Who owns my music?

It is 100% yours and stays that way.

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The audio quality in some outlets isn't as good as the original I uploaded.

Different outlets use different audio formats. We have no influence on that.

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Can I transfer singles and/or albums from others to you?

No, you cannot.

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If I outgrow my plan, can I upgrade?

Yes, you can upgrade directly in Artist Takeoff's ‘products’ tab.

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Will it cause problems if there's another artist with the same name as me?

No, it will not.

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Can I upload cover songs?

Yes, if you have the rights to do so.

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My music contains sampling from other songs. Is that okay?

Yes, if you have the rights to do so.

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Can I distribute instrumental music?

Yes, you can.

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Can I distribute classical music?

Yes, you can.

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